Here's my thoughts and notes on yesterday's tournament.
First of all, we have an amazing admin group with Egg, Chaos and Raph. We were ready for anything, and we had to be!
1) When we first get there, we see that we're not in a "room" as advertised, but instead we have a space between fighter jets that is very long and narrow. The whole afternoon we're ducking and squeezing under missiles and wings to keep things going.
- Amount of table space was tight, but one of the expo guys let us setup another table to spread out more. Even with that extra table, things were still tight.
- Raph brought a projector to display info for everyone but we had no good place to project to. You'll see in one of my pics above that the best place was where you see it.
2) The wi-fi was constantly coming and going so most of us turned off wi-fi on our devices since it drains the battery.
3) The expo had a station for tournament signups, and after we requested to max out at 32 they kept going. People were coming over requesting to sign up close to our start time, 2pm. At one point we had over 40 signups, and ended up with 38 people (I think?) in the tournament.
4) We had laynards/name tags everyone wore that was very helpful. They included a number we assigned players and their name/handle.
5) The start of the tournament was a 3-game round robin. We split up players into 9 groups of 4 (though that only equals 36?) and things were hectic in the beginning because we didn't get to explain rules formally. Since there were a few of us bouncing around, we were able to explain/help as needed and things got rolling.
6) A HUGE help to keeping scores were printed out score cards Raph made. At the end of a game, the players would fill it out, and hand it to one of us to enter.
7) After the round robin, we setup an 18-team challonge single elimination bracket. Though we only used this for the first "3" rounds (round 1 was 2 games for the 4 bottom seeds), as the semi-finals and finals were best of 3. We weren't sure if you could change the format per round in challonge, so we just kept score on paper the last 2 rounds. I was entering challonge scores on my phone at first (which was brutal) but then Chaos got it going on his laptop.
8) Once we got to the semi's we were down to 4 players and things settled down. Smoz/Lupz and TexasPach/EyeTwitch (non-forum guy) were the final 4.
9) Smoz/TexasPach made it to the finals, with TexasPach taking it in the full 3 games. Again, congrats to TexasPach on a solid performance! All of this can be seen on the http://twitch.tv/kingraph page.
10) After the tournament, we got to squeeze in 1 4-way game. Raph/Chaos vs TexasPach/myself using the original game (5 skaters a side). We ended up going into OT 2-2, and Raph/Chaos scored with 11 seconds left in the 10min OT. When does that happen? Good times!
As always, these things are fun but move quick and is kind of a blur. We started a little after 2pm and think we ended a little around 6pm?
We should DEFINITELY do more of the twitch stream to record games and player reactions. Great setup.
So while we were prepared, you never know what's going to happen and have to be adaptive at tournaments. We ended up using pen and paper for a lot of the score keeping. But looking back on it, things went great, people had a good time, and was certainly a successful tournament.
Thanks to everyone who participated!